The New Hampshire Union-Leader is one of the nation’s most conservative newspapers. It almost always endorses Republican candidates, and its editorial page offers up a wave of small-government, bigger-military opinions.

Today, however, in a blistering Op-Ed, publisher Joseph McQuaid slammed—absolutely, positively slammed—Sarah Palin following her endorsement of Kelly Ayotte’s Senate bid.

Wrote McQuaid: “Former Gov. Palin isn’t making these endorsements because, as she claims, she has spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here on one day during the 2008 Presidential election. That’s still more time than she spent getting to know Ayotte, but it takes quite a bit longer to know New Hampshire.”

I love it. Absolutely love it. And not simply because it’s a dig at Palin. I love it because McQuaid is calling out the purely bullshit practice of big-name politicians flying into a town/city/state for a few hours, appearing alongside X candidate on a stage and bellowing, “If you love [FILL IN THE STATE] like I love [FILL IN THE STATE], you’ll support X. Because she/he is perfect for the people of [FILL IN THE STATE]. It’s not a Republican-owned practice or a Democratic-owned practice. The Clintons and Bushes did it; Obama does it; Palin does it.

McQuaid showed real character in writing such a thing, especially considering the political makeup of his readership. I applaud him.